Judge to deny motions in ‘meth in mail’ case

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Joshua John Untalan Mesa allegedly picked up a mail parcel with 56 grams of methamphetamine from the Agana Heights cluster mailbox units.

District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood says that she will be denying two motions to suppress evidence filed in the case involving Joshua John Untalan Mesa, the man who allegedly picked up a mail parcel with 56 grams of methamphetamine from the Agana Heights cluster mailbox units.

While the Chief Judge indicated how she would decide, the written decision is pending.

Gatewood came to the decision fairly quickly as arguments were heard on a motion to suppress the package identified as the Lisa Young parcel, which contained the drugs.

There was also a motion to suppress a warrant-less search of Mesa’s vehicle and seizure of his phone when law enforcement effectuated a controlled delivery and Mesa ran into the jungle to hide.

Mesa’s attorney argued that the evidence should be suppressed based on the 4th amendment right of protecting people from unreasonable search and seizures.

He argued that there is an expectation of privacy and an unreasonable delay was present between when the package was received by the USPS and delivered.

But Tydingco-Gatewood appears to have sided with the government who contended that law enforcement did their due diligence in the case.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.